Why learn Music?

Many studies have been done on whether music plays a significant part in neural development. Here are some references to studies which have shown that formal music instruction should be an integral part of every child's education:

  • Students enrolled in formal instrumental instruction during middle school are better at algebra. (Helmrich, 2010)
  • Learning a musical instrument enhances fine motor skills. (Forgeard, 2008; Hyde, 2009; Schlaug et al., 2005).
  • Fosters superior working memory. (Berti et al., 2006; Pallesen et al., 2010).
  • Cultivates better abstract reasoning abilities. (Rauscher, 2000).
  • Improves recall and retention of verbal information. (Ho et al., 1998; 2003).
  • Boosts reading and English language arts (Baker, 2011; Catterall, 1998).
  • Sharpens student attentiveness. (Neville et al., 2008).
  • Teaches patience and perseverance. (Scott, 1992).
  • Music education helps develop originality and flexibility, which are key components of creativity and innovation in the workforce.(Lichtenberg, Woock, & Wright, 2008; Craft, 2001; SNAAP, 2011).
  • Supports better study habits and self-esteem. (Chesky et al., 1997).

Most important of all, however, is that music promotes happiness and joy, both in the musician and his or her audience!

Students or parents interested in reading these and many other studies on why music instruction is beneficial can borrow the hard copies from me. They are unfortunately copyright, so I cannot send you electronic versions.